New TPD officers graduate from training academy

In the front, from left, are Police Chief Paul Blackwell, and Taylor Gannon and Brooke Earhart, officers. In the back are Lt. George Marsh, Matt Pruitt, officer, and Sgt. Phil Henderson. –Photo by Winston Brooks

On Friday, Oct. 9, three newly hired officers of the Tullahoma Police department graduated from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy.

The three officers, Matt Pruitt, Brooke Earhart and Taylor Gannon, completed the 10-week academy training consisting of legal issues, patrol tactics, defensive tactics, emergency vehicle operations, fire arms qualification and physical fitness.

In the front, from left, are Police Chief Paul Blackwell, and Taylor Gannon and Brooke Earhart, officers. In the back are Lt. George Marsh, Matt Pruitt, officer, and Sgt. Phil Henderson.

–Photo by Winston Brooks

The officers will now undergo the department field training (FTO) program for a several of weeks under the supervision and mentorship of a certified FTO officer. During this time the officers will be introduced to the department standard operating procedure, the department record management system, conduct visits to county offices and courtrooms, departmental operations and observe and demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to serve the community as a law enforcement officer.

Each officer will be rotated through the various patrol shifts to experience the different requirements and calls for service.

Officer Pruitt and his family reside in Tullahoma. Pruitt is a U.S. Army infantry veteran having served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Officer Earhart and her family also reside in Tullahoma. Earhart is a graduate of Tullahoma High School and Tennessee State University.

Officer Gannon resides in Shelbyville and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served in the security forces with tours in Iraq and eastern European deployments.